Hats (each student can wear a silly hat to school or you can supply a collection of hats)
Now it’s time for the dramatic play! You may choose to call up individual students to respond to each verse by moving and making noises of the animal they become. Or you may choose to have all willing students participate together and respond to each verse.
Everyone repeats the chant from the book (see below) and waves their swirling hat in the air. When the verse states that the hat “ lands on the head of…" instruct students to plop the hat on their head. Then “become" the animal.
The following verses are made up by this article's author, Pattyg, and not Mem Fox. You may want to add some of your own.
Oh the magic hat, the magic hat!
It moved like this, it moved like that!
It spun through the air…
1. like a speeding boat
and sat on the head of a big white goat!
2. without even tryin’
and sat on the head of a roaring lion!
3. and stopped with a BAM!
and sat on the head of a baby lamb!
4. like it was hit with a log
and sat on the head of a jumping frog.
5. like a farmer with a plow
and sat on the head of a big brown cow.
6. like a super-powered truck
and sat on the head of a yellow duck.
7. and blew off my wig
then sat on the head of a squealing pig.
8. at high speeds, of course,
and sat on the head of a trotting horse.
9. and made the leaves swirl
and sat on the head of a little brown squirrel.
10. almost hitting a tree
and landed right back here on me!